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Top Tractors and Technology Tapped for Tribute at Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 12 August 2013 14:37
DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2013)(readMedia)-- FFA Agricultural Mechanics Technology projects were judged Friday at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. Youth from across the state were recognized for their outstanding exhibits.

Projects were judged on the basis of workmanship, design, usefulness, appearance and safety. Restored tractors were judged on appearance, mechanical work, safety and documentation. Oral presentations by the exhibitor were also considered in the judging of all projects.

Complete results below:

First Year Tractor Exhibitor

1) Cassidy Simmons, Guthrie Center

2) Logan Adair, Truro

3) Scott Evans, Iowa Falls

1958 and Prior

1) Jarad Taylor, New Virginia

2) Collin Fenneman, Clarksville

3) Jacob Miller, Dixon

1959 and Later

1) Matt Tekippe, Manchester

2) Meghan Miller, Dixon

3) Jacob Miller, Dixon

Group of 2 or More Tractor

1) Meghan Miller, Dixon

2) Mount Ayr FFA

3) Dalton Webster, Sigourney

Champion Restored Tractor: Matt Tekippe, Manchester

Restored Farm Equipment

1) Calvin Richardson, Tama

2) Kyle Huber, Wellman

3) Samantha Urmie, Long Grove

Computer Designed Project

1) Derek Anderson, Garner

2) Angela Delariva, Ellsworth

Metal Working/Welding – Small

1) Natalie Johnson, Murray

2) Kayla Kuhnle, Marengo

3) Trevor Stevenson, Wheatland

Metal Working/Welding – Medium

1) Marshal Wilz, Eddyville

2) Matthew Sturges, Rockwell

3) Zachary Neff, Fremont

Metal Working/Welding – Large

1) Bradley Ver Steegh, Oskaloosa

2) Bradley Ver Steegh, Oskaloosa

3) Ben Offenburger, Chariton

Woodworking – Indoor

1) Jami Wiesen, Shenandoah

2) Dylan Riedesel, DeWitt

3) Christian Jorgensen, Griswold

Woodworking – Outdoor

1) Brent Ver Steegh, Oskaloosa

2) Briana Ver Steegh, Oskaloosa

3) Cassidy Simmons, Guthrie Center

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Written by Andrew Wheeler   
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:46

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA –August 5, 2013- Iowa Farm Bureau members are now eligible to save 10 percent on flexible, no-contract mobile phone plans through a new exclusive partnership with Iowa-based wireless provider, Ready Mobile.

Individual and family plans are offered to Farm Bureau members starting at $13.50 per month with no contracts for subscribers to sign and the ability to change plans at any time without penalty.

To kick off the new partnership, Ready Mobile representatives will be in Farm Bureau Park from 8 a.m. to  8 p.m. every day of the Iowa State Fair, which runs August 8 to 18.  Fairgoers can register to win a free smartphone, given away daily by Ready Mobile.  Fairgoers can also check out the selection of basic, keyboard, and smartphones on display and visit with Ready Mobile about their phone plans and exclusive discounts for Iowa Farm Bureau members.

The Hiawatha-based company provides wireless service on a national, multi-carrier network platform with coverage across the state.  Founded in 2004, Ready Wireless, LLC, was named amongst the Fastest Growing Businesses in Iowa in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the Corridor Business Journal.  “Ready Mobile no contract service puts control in the hands of our customers.  They can manage their plans to meet changing lifestyles and needs,” said Ready Mobile Executive Vice President and Co-founder Fred Haumesser.  “We’re proud to partner with Iowa Farm Bureau and offer a variety of plan choices to meet the needs of Farm Bureau members who want nationwide coverage and are looking for a budget-friendly, lower-cost alternative to traditional wireless phone plans.”

For more information, call Ready Mobile’s exclusive toll-free number for Farm Bureau members at 855-327-2661 to learn more and place an order.  Download more information on the plans and phones at  Subscribers will need to provide the promotion code FB123NOW and Iowa Farm Bureau membership number to qualify for the exclusive savings.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at

Research Technology Day brings together academics, technologists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Careaga   
Friday, 02 August 2013 13:51

ROLLA, Mo. – College and university faculty members, students and staff wanting to learn more about using technology to support their research efforts and hobbies are encouraged to attend the third annual Research Technology Day on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus.

Research Technology Day 2013 (RTD2013) begins with a reception and street party the evening of Monday, Sept. 9, followed by a full day of workshops, presentations and a vendor fair. A new addition to the conference this year is “challenge connection,” during which researchers have five minutes to discuss the technological hurdles they must overcome in their research and to seek collaborators to help them overcome those challenges.

University of Missouri System President Timothy M. Wolfe will attend the opening reception and street party, and Dr. Henry C. “Hank” Foley, executive vice president for academic affairs at the UM System, will present the keynote address on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

All RTD2013 events will be held at the Havener Center on the Missouri S&T campus. The event is free to all participants, but registration is required. To register or submit a presentation proposal, visit the event website,

“We created Research Technology Day to provide a forum for researchers to showcase the technology they’ve used successfully in their research projects and to learn how others are using computing and other technologies in their research,” says Mark Bookout, director of research support services in Missouri S&T’s information technology division. “It’s a great opportunity to network with other researchers, industry partners, students and faculty from S&T and other universities in the region.”

A member of the Great Plains Network consortium of research universities in the Midwest, Missouri S&T welcomes attendance at the conference from researchers and students of other consortium members: the University of Arkansas, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Nebraska.

More information about RTD2013 is available online at


Allison Shanks Engaged in Research at Butler University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtney Tuell   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:12

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (07/23/2013)(readMedia)-- Allison Shanks of Bettendorf, IA, was one of 29 Butler University students who collaborated with a faculty mentor on original research during Butler Summer Institute (BSI) 2013. Working on campus from mid-May to mid-July, BSI Scholars examined issues in chemistry, biology, social sciences, music, and more, with the goal of producing work worthy of acceptance at a professional conference or in a professional publication.

Assistant Professor of Biology Nat Hauck mentored Shanks in research on "Chemicals in the jasmonic Acid Pathway's Affect on Systemic Acquired Resistance and Pathogen Related Genes in Moss."

Shanks received a $,2500 stipend, a housing allowance for campus accommodations, and free admission to Indianapolis cultural events from the Butler Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement, which oversees BSI and other honors academic programs. BSI Scholars are selected in a competitive process; some 70 students applied for this year's program.

About Butler University

Challenging and enabling students to meet their personal and professional goals has guided Butler University since 1855. Today, Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. It seeks to prepare each graduate not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others. Butler is known for its vibrant campus, superior academics and dedicated faculty. The University enrolls more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students in six academic colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Located just six miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler's urban setting affords students internship opportunities that provide excellent graduate school and career preparation.

Petra Hahn of Bettendorf featured in St. Olaf College news story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marie Frederickson   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:08

Researchers look for clues in mutant bacteria

NORTHFIELD, MN (07/18/2013)(readMedia)-- Petra Hahn of Bettendorf was recently featured in the St. Olaf news article, Researchers look for clues in mutant bacteria.

She is a graduate of Central High School and the daughter of Diane Rasmus and Michael Hahn.

Please click on the link above to view the entire story. A photo is attached.

St. Olaf students Heena Joo (seated) and Petra Hahn(right) are working with Assistant Professor of Biology Lisa Bowers (left) this summer to discover the purpose of a gene they deleted from a common type of bacteria. Using this simple bacteria as a stepping stone could be key in future application to other fields such as embryology and stem cell research.

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